CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (July 3):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 1,10,53,545; Total Deaths: 5,25,410 Recovered: 61,91,434 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 61,727; Total Deaths: 9,765 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 15,02,424; Total deaths: 62,045 CANADA:- Total Cases: 104,936; Total Deaths: 8,644 CHINA:- Total Cases: 83,542 ; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 1,66,378; Total Deaths: 29,875 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 196,738; Total Deaths: 9,064 INDIA:- Total Cases: 6,33,381; Total Deaths: 18,320 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 60,695; Total Deaths: 3,036 IRAN:- Total Cases: 2,35,429; Total Deaths: 11,260 ITALY:- Total Cases: 2,40,961; Total Deaths: 34,818 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 18,874 ; Total Deaths: 975 MEXICO:- Total Cases: 2,38,511; Total Deaths: 29,189 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 50,335; Total Deaths: 6,113 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 40,336; Total Deaths: 1,280 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 6,67,883; Total Deaths: 9,859 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 12,967; Total Deaths: 282 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 2,97,183; Total Deaths: 28,368 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 70,639; Total Deaths: 5,411 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 32,101; Total Deaths: 1,965 UAE:- Total Cases: 49,469; Total Deaths:317 UK:- Total Cases: 2,83,757; Total Deaths: 43,995 US:- Total Cases: 28,54,976; Total Deaths: 1,31,663 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
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FACE-TO-FACE WITH DEATH (Above): Medical staff dancing with quarantined patients in Wuhan, a stoic acknowledgement of the inevitable as coronavirus was closing in on them. A flashback!

A MUMBAI DOCTOR IN PPE SUIT DANCING TO CHEER THEM UP (Below): On Doctors' Day Dr Richa Negi posted her video on Instagram and wrote, "We won’t let the negativity of the situation get to us even while ..."

August 15 set for vaccine launch for public; Bharat Biotech- ICMR shortcircuits procedures to meet emergency. Human clinical trials put on fast-track. Bharat Biotech is quite hopeful of saving lives.

As the parents and students expressed health concerns over holding the exams in the midst of the corona pandemc, the Ministry has again revised the dates to: JEE (Mains) Sept 1 to 6, JEE (Advanced) Sept 27, NEET (Medical) Sept 13. Earlier, JEE (Mains - all engineering colleges) was fixed for July 18-23, JEE (Advanced) (for admission to IITs) for August 23 and NEET (Medical) for July 26.
Falling into wells and drowning of Asiatic lions in the Gir forest in Gujarat is not uncommon. The High Court had once ordered the Government to cover the wells. Apparently nothing was done.
The Tourism Minister claims that as the months-long lockdown is lifted, tourists will flock to Goan beaches from the cities like birds from the cages, and fill the State's empty coffers.
International flights and metro trains will remain grounded. Schools, cinemas too will not reopen now. Restrictions on inter-State, intra-State movements lifted. There is some relaxation in night curfew.
While China alleges that the ban is a violation of investors' rights, India says stealing and profiling of data from india through the apps is detrimental to the security of the country. The 59 apps India has banned included social networks like TikTok and web browser UC Browser.
At least in some States there is community transmission of coronavirus, going by the statements of the concerned authorities. But the Centre refuses to take this, and the political debate goes on! After all, what is community transmission?
What is the hoopla over dexamethasone's re-invention, is it a medicine for covid? In the absence of a medicine for the new viral disease, our immune system is the only defence against coronavirus. Dexamethasone, an immunosuppressant, dumps down that. Death is certain.

Doctors are already administering limited doses of other such immunosuppressant corticosteroids in inflammatory complications in covid cases where it can help in terminal cases. That should be the doctor's choice. And here what is the new thing?

A drug for cytokine storm, dexamethasone is commonly used for inflammation in asthmatic exacerbations and arthritis, giving relief. Now the finding is it works in coronavirus, but in advanced stage needing ventilator, and saves one-third of those terminal patients! Difficult to comprehend?

A batch of 157 trainee sailors who were on extended leave in view of the lockdown reported back and all were quarantined for 14 days. One of them tested positive and thereafter test was done for others too.
Each OPD department will take only 15 patients a day. These will be old cases. And appointments will be online. The hospital was closed, except emergency department, on March 24 due to coronavirus epidemic.
President Bolsonaro and the Governors have been at loggerheads over the restrictions to check the spread of coronavirus. The former called the Guvs' action in imposing curbs as "a bit over the top."

Swamy Ramdev has claimed that his medicine cured coronavirus patients 100% in clinical trials, but the Ministry says it has not been approached for permission to market the medicine. Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has been asked to provide the necessary documents at the earliest. Ramdev's plan was to release the medicine in the market in a week's time. A kit for one course costs Rs 545.

To meet the mounting requirements of beds for coronavirus patients, the Delhi Government is converting 242 school auditoriums into covid hospitals, apart from using the hotels and banquet halls and modified rail coaches for the purpose. The Government is estimating that the demand for beds would be around 80,000 by the end of July when the cases would rise to 5.5 lakhs.
The two experimental medicines for coronavirus have been given the green signal by the DCGI to manufacture and market in India. Glenmark is making FabiFlu (Favipiravir) and Cipla is making Cipremi (Remdesivir). Hetero Drugs is also making its generic version of Remdesivir. Called Covifor, this one costs Rs 30,000 per patient for 6 vials for a course of five days, according to reports. Cipla has not determined its price.
The Govt has announced that as part of the precautionary measures against coronavirus the final year exams have been made optional - those who don't want to appear for the exam will have their previous semester grade counted as the final year result.
The accident occurred when they were performing bike stunts at airport road early morning on Sunday.
The attacker went on a stabbing spree and later ran out of the park in the southern English city of Reading by the time police arrived.
Police checking on drug trafficking in the Stuttgart city centre streets overnight sparked the violence in which over a dozen cops were injured.
The Minister no longer has fever. His oxygen level has also improved, according to doctors. Earlier, he had breathing difficulty and pneumonic conditions.

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